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The Grayzone is an independent news website dedicated to original investigative journalism and analysis on politics and empire. It was founded and is edited by award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal. From January 2016 to January 2018, AlterNet.org hosted the Grayzone Project (now simply The Grayzone). Since then, it has been independent.Source
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New NYPD press officer co-wrote The Intercept Russiagate story that landed source in prison | The Grayzone

New NYPD press officer co-wrote The Intercept Russiagate story that landed source in prison | The Grayzone

A co-author of a controversial report at The Intercept that landed its source in prison now works as the head of the New York Police Department’s press office.The former journalist, Richard Esposito, had embedded for a long period inside the NYPD, developing close ties to US police agencies that were clear before The Intercept chose to work with him. However, the news website apparently did not see Esposito’s cop-friendly behavior as disqualifying or even suspicious.Esposito and his longtime friend and colleague, Matthew Cole, a full-time reporter at The Intercept, were co-authors of a on...

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How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory

How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory

A conspiracy theory about Covid-19 escaping from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology is the Trump administration’s Iraqi WMD. And the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin is playing the role of Judith Miller. With US deaths from Covid-related complications peaking above 30,000, allies of President Donald Trump are taking their anti-China public relations blitz to new heights of absurdity, hoping to legitimize a conspiracy theory blaming a Chinese biological research lab for engineering the novel coronavirus. The theory points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the culprit behind the pandemic,...

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"The American friends": New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange

"The American friends": New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange

An exclusive Grayzone investigation reveals new details on the critical role Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands played in an apparent CIA spying operation targeting Julian Assange, and exposes the Sands security staff who helped coordinate the malicious campaign. “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole.” –Mike Pompeo, College Station, TX, April 15, 2019 As the co-founder of a small security consulting firm called UC Global, David Morales spent years slogging through the minor leagues of the private mercenary world. A former Spanish special forces officer, Morales yearned...

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Russian journalists accuse NY Times of stealing stories that earned it Pulitzer Prize - for second time

Russian journalists accuse NY Times of stealing stories that earned it Pulitzer Prize - for second time

The New York Times has apparently stolen its Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from Russian journalists – the same liberal anti-Putin reporters its correspondents have lionized. The New York Times has been accused for a second time of stealing major scoops from Russian journalists. One of those stories won the Times a Pulitzer Prize this May. The journalists who have accused the Times of taking their work without credit also happen to be the same liberal media crusaders against Vladimir Putin that Western correspondents at the Times and other mainstream outlets have cast as persecuted...

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Dissident British ex-diplomat Craig Murray indicted for blog posts in Kafkaesque case | The Grayzone

Dissident British ex-diplomat Craig Murray indicted for blog posts in Kafkaesque case | The Grayzone

The renowned British peace activist and former diplomat Craig Murray has been charged with contempt of court for writing blog posts.The suspicious indictment represents a heavily politicized, Kafkaesque case in which Murray has virtually none of his rights guaranteed. It also appears to be a part of the British government’s aggressive crackdown on the Scottish independence movement.In comments to The Grayzone, Murray described the case against him as a thoroughly undemocratic attack on free speech, and warned it may be punishment for his dissident journalism and activism exposing the UK’s...

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How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory | The Grayzone

How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory | The Grayzone

With an apparent cue this April from a Trump administration desperate to shift the blame for its feckless coronavirus response, Fox News and the Washington Post have fished the story out of the right-wing’s political wet market and polished it off for public consumption.Though neither outlet published a single piece of concrete evidence to support their claims, the story has gained traction among even fervently anti-Trump elements of the political establishment.Having spent the past four years railing against the “fake news media” and “deep state” elements in the national security...

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Max Blumenthal
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How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory

How a Trump media dump mainstreamed Chinese lab coronavirus conspiracy theory

With an apparent cue this April from a Trump administration desperate to shift the blame for its feckless coronavirus response, Fox News and the Washington Post have fished the story out of the right-wing’s political wet market and polished it off for public consumption.Though neither outlet published a single piece of concrete evidence to support their claims, the story has gained traction among even fervently anti-Trump elements of the political establishment.Having spent the past four years railing against the “fake news media” and “deep state” elements in the national security...

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Coronavirus stimulus bill funds State Dept/USAID operations that once helped trigger polio outbreak in Syria | The Grayzone

Coronavirus stimulus bill funds State Dept/USAID operations that once helped trigger polio outbreak in Syria | The Grayzone

While the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill was authored in the spirit of beating back a pandemic, buried deep within its text is a stipend for the US State Department operations dedicated to carrying out foreign interventions that have contributed to the outbreak of preventable diseases like polio in Syria and Pakistan.Passed unanimously by Congress this March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides $250 million for the State Department to implement “economic, security, and stabilization” activities through an . Earmarked for activities through...

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Max Blumenthal
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Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts | The Grayzone

Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts | The Grayzone

The Donald Trump administration is ramping up its information war against Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. And it has enlisted social media platforms as weapons in its assault on these top regime-change targets.In the first two weeks of January, Twitter suspended dozens of accounts run by real, live people — not bots — in Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. Those erased from the website included heads of state, numerous state institutions, media outlets, and many average people who do not work for their governments.The supreme leader of Iran, president of Syria, and leader of Venezuela’s National...

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Jan 13
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HuffPost UK editor works with gov’t censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia

HuffPost UK editor works with gov’t censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia

The Huffington Post has relied on Western government officials and organizations funded by Western governments to viciously smear anti-war academics as “useful idiots” of Russia, claiming they are being “used” by the Kremlin.Ironically, HuffPost UK has done this while its own editor-in-chief actively collaborates with the British Ministry of Defense in a program that censors journalism on behalf of “UK military and intelligence operations,” in order to protect “national security” interests.HuffPost UK published a hit piece by reporter and senior editor Chris York on January 29 that hearkens...

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Contra-supporting CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for corrupt right-wing Latin American governments

Contra-supporting CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for corrupt right-wing Latin American governments

In the era of President Donald Trump, a clique of neoconservative talking heads have rebranded themselves as moderate voices of reason.Among the most prominent self-declared “Never Trump conservatives” is Ana Navarro, a Nicaraguan American Republican strategist who has become a prominent commentator on CNN, a regular at Telemundo, and a weekly guest host of ABC’s talk show The View.Navarro’s sassy anti-Trump diatribes have earned her the adulation of the liberal self-declared “Resistance.” And as Bernie Sanders leads the Democratic primary campaign for president, Navarro has trained her...

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

Brazil’s far-right government requested the return of thousands of Cuban doctors to help fight the coronavirus. Months ago, President Jair Bolsonaro smeared the doctors as “terrorists” and expelled them. The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of countries around the world. Desperate to contain the deadly virus, hard-hit countries, including even rich European nations like Italy and Britain, have reached out for expert medical help from Cuba, China, and Venezuela. Even Brazil, currently under the control of a far-right administration that has joined the US in...

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Introducing Pushback with Aaron Maté

Introducing Pushback with Aaron Maté

Very excited to launch my new show "Pushback with Aaron Maté" (), airing on The Grayzone (). If you want to support the show, become a patron here:— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate)Pushback is produced by Thomas Hedges.Watch Aaron’s first few segments below:Mueller mania worsens US-Russia conflictUS sanctions threaten ‘famine’ in Venezuela, leading economist warnsAaron Maté’s Questions for Mueller Aaron Maté is a journalist and producer. He hosts Pushback with Aaron Maté on The Grayzone. He is also is contributor to The Nation magazine and former host/producer for The Real News and Democracy Now!....

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell hits Russiagate rock bottom

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell hits Russiagate rock bottom

AARON MATÉ: When it comes to Russiagate, there have been too many embarrassing media stories to count. And somehow, after nearly three years of this, the most discredited journalists are finding new ways to discredit themselves. The latest is Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC. Speaking another prominent conspiracy theorist, Rachel Maddow, O’Donnell shared this bombshell claim.LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: This single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that the Trump – Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers.  That’s how he was able to obtain those loans. And that the...

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White Helmets Whitewash: founder’s death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda’s ally in Syria

White Helmets Whitewash: founder’s death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda’s ally in Syria

We speak to The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal, whose reporting has exposed the White Helmets’ ties to jihadists groups and its use as a PR tool for Western military intervention in Syria.“We don’t know if there’s a cover-up around his [Le Mesurier’s] death — I can’t go that far,” Blumenthal says. “The real cover-up is around his life, as he’s being celebrated everywhere from the Guardian to the New York Times as this heroic figure, this kind of Gandhi of conflict stabilization; when his legacy is actually very dark and stained with blood.”Guest: Max Blumenthal, Editor of The Grayzone and author...

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Aaron Maté
Mar 10
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Jimmy Dore: until we fix Democratic Party elites’ corruption, we won’t defeat Trump’s

Jimmy Dore: until we fix Democratic Party elites’ corruption, we won’t defeat Trump’s

Guest: Jimmy Dore, comedian and host of .Aaron Maté is a journalist and producer. He hosts Pushback with Aaron Maté on The Grayzone. He is also is contributor to The Nation magazine and former host/producer for The Real News and Democracy Now!. Aaron has also presented and produced for Vice, AJ+, and Al Jazeera.Top PostsSearch The GrayzonePopular TopicsSubscribe to Mailing ListDonate CategoriesInvestigative journalism on politics and empireFind us on

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CIA helped shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ series into bigoted Venezuela regime change fantasy

CIA helped shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ series into bigoted Venezuela regime change fantasy

.Actor John Krasinski is one of the CIA’s biggest fans.“The CIA is something that we should all not only cherish, but be saying thank you every single day,” he declared.“The coolest thing ever for me, I mean I totally nerded out when we got to the CIA,” Krasinski effused. “They were the most unbelievably generous, kind, smart people.”Krasinski’s comments flowed directly from his experience as the star of the second season of the Amazon series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”In a of the show (embedded at the end of this article), researcher Tom Secker exposed the show as straightforward US imperial...

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Mar 10
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Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media’s absurd Idlib coverage

Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media’s absurd Idlib coverage

Bashari criticizes international media’s coverage of the Syrian military’s efforts to retake Idlib province, the last territory in the country controlled by al-Qaeda affiliated extremist groups. He also discusses the intensification of the US-led economic war on Syria, and its devastating impact on the lives of average Syrians.Anya Parampil is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She has produced and reported several documentaries, including on-the-ground reports from the Korean peninsula, Palestine, Venezuela, and Honduras.Top PostsSearch The GrayzonePopular TopicsSubscribe to Mailing...

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Vanderbilt oligarch heir Anderson Cooper worked at CIA in college

Vanderbilt oligarch heir Anderson Cooper worked at CIA in college

Anderson Cooper sits at the heights of the US corporate media. A host of his own program on CNN and a correspondent for 60 Minutes, he may be one of the most powerful people working in journalism.On February 24,  criticizing Bernie Sanders for comments he made in the 1980s tepidly praising social programs run by the revolutionary leftist governments in Cuba and Nicaragua.The 60 Minutes feature was hosted by Anderson Cooper, who pressured Sanders to denounce Fidel Castro and stressed, “There’s a lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba.”Bernie Sanders defends his 1980s comments about Fidel...

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How Joe Biden’s privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis

How Joe Biden’s privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis

While campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination this year, former Senator and Vice President Joseph Biden has touted the crucial role he played in designing US mega-development and drug war campaigns that transformed the socio-political landscape of large swaths of Latin America. “I was one of the architects of Plan Colombia,” Biden boasted in a July 5 interview with CNN, referring to the multi-billion dollar US effort to end Colombia’s civil war with a massive surge of support for the country’s military. According to Biden, the plan was a panacea for Colombia’s...

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Max Blumenthal
Feb 25
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Newsweek reporter quits after editors block coverage of OPCW Syria scandal

Newsweek reporter quits after editors block coverage of OPCW Syria scandal

According to whistleblower testimony and leaked documents, OPCW officials raised alarm about the suppression of critical findings that undermine the allegation that the Syrian government committed a chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. Haddad’s editors at Newsweek rejected his attempts to cover the story. “If I don’t find another position in journalism because of this, I’m perfectly happy to accept that consequence,” Haddad says. “It’s not desirable. But there is no way I could have continued in that job knowing that I couldn’t report something like this.”Guest: Tareq...

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IG report exposes FBI, Congressional, and media deceit in Russia probe

IG report exposes FBI, Congressional, and media deceit in Russia probe

The FBI used Steele’s work to obtain surveillance warrants but concealed his errors and other critical information from the FISA court. Matt Taibbi joins Aaron Maté to discuss how Horowitz’s investigation exposes not just the FBI’s deceit, but also that of the prominent media and political figures who enabled it.Guest: Matt Taibbi. Author, Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, and co-host of the podcast Useful Idiots.Aaron Maté is a journalist and producer. He hosts Pushback with Aaron Maté on The Grayzone. He is also is contributor to The Nation magazine and former host/producer for The...

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HuffPost UK editor works with gov’t censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia

HuffPost UK editor works with gov’t censorship program while smearing anti-war scholars as tools of Russia

The Huffington Post has relied on Western government officials and organizations funded by Western governments to viciously smear anti-war academics as “useful idiots” of Russia, claiming they are being “used” by the Kremlin.Ironically, HuffPost UK has done this while its own editor-in-chief actively collaborates with the British Ministry of Defense in a program that censors journalism on behalf of “UK military and intelligence operations,” in order to protect “national security” interests.HuffPost UK published a hit piece by reporter and senior editor Chris York on January 29 that hearkens...

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‘This charge is 100% false’: Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested months after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence

‘This charge is 100% false’: Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested months after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal has been arrested on false charges after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence outside the DC embassy. He describes the manufactured case as part of a wider campaign of political persecution. Max Blumenthal, the editor of the news site The Grayzone, was arrested on the morning of October 25 on a fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC that took place between April and May. A team of DC police officers appeared at Blumenthal’s door at just after 9 AM, demanding entry and threatening to break his door down....

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Oct 30
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NY Times Admits It Sends Stories to US Government for Approval Before Publication

NY Times Admits It Sends Stories to US Government for Approval Before Publication

The New York Times has publicly acknowledged that it sends some of its stories to the US government for approval from “national security officials” before publication. This confirms what veteran New York Times correspondents like James Risen have said: The American newspaper of record regularly collaborates with the US government, suppressing reporting that top officials don’t want made public. On June 15, the Times reported that the US government is escalating its cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid. According to the article, “the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy...

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